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Charm for Fear by Night

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God before me, God behind me,
God above me, God below me; I on the path of God,
God upon my track.

Who is there on land?
Who is there on wave?
Who is there on billow?
Who is there by doorpost?
Who is along with us?
God and Lord.

I am here abroad,
I am here in need,
I am here in pain,
I am here in straits,
I am here alone,
O God, aid me.


This rune is to be said by travelers at night for protection from all harm on their journey.

Ancient Celtic prayer collected by Alexander Carmichael (1832-1912), published in Carmina Gadelica (Edinburgh: Floris Books, 1992). These are prayers, hymns, and incantations collected in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland in the 19th century.

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